Have you ever felt desperate?
At a loss for what to do?
You are not alone. Even those "strong" people that you know who seem to have life in perfect order–even they come to struggles that are too hard to bear and too difficult to understand.
This being the case, are we powerless to help ourselves when things really seem to be falling apart?
The answer is "yes" but it is also, "no." That’s a good thing.
In our powerlessness, we must turn to God. We have nothing left to offer but an earnest plea. When we do turn to God, we are, in fact, using the power of our will to trust Him and ask for help and understanding.
In the book of Acts, Paul is being transported to Rome by boat as a prisoner. Travel is treacherous.
"Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight."
Listen to this statement:
"When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved." (Acts 27:20)
In the midst of this, Paul hears a message from God and speaks to the men, "But now I urge you to keep up your courage…" He believed that God would save them from the perils of their circumstance.
Are there rocks in your path right now?
Do you fear that you will crash onshore and all will be lost?
Day after day is there no sunshine within your heart?
Have you all but given up on hoping that matters could get better?
Ask God to calm your fears.
In your powerlessness, ask Him to encourage you and give you strength.
It is God who is Master over the storm.